I’m power ranking all of the X-Men (and former X-Men) who are currently appearing in a comic book or have appeared in a comic since Messiah Complex ended. There are 75 total characters to rank (nearly all are mutants) beginning with the weakest and ending with the strongest.

So what are power rankings? Mostly used to rank sports teams on how well they are playing now, my power rankings are a list of X-Men based on what their power set is in current continuity (or most recent appearance). Other factors that determined a character’s ranking are: what their power potential is, what they’ve already proven they can do (so long as it is still relevant in current continuity), and their over all level of badassness. If you disagree with me that’s totally cool- please leave a civilized comment explaining why. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and while I believe this list to be very solid in it’s numbering, I want to hear your opinions! Check out today’s all lady lineup:

rogue#48. Rogue: I’ll admit, it’s weird seeing Rogue ranked this low considering if this list were done a year ago she’d at least be in the top 20. Thing is she recently touched the Messiah Child in X-Men Legacy which effectively cleared her mind of all memories of everyone she made physical contact with and erased any powers she had previously absorbed; meaning no more Ms. Marvel abilities. Without super strength, flight, and invulnerability, Anna is only as strong as an average woman her size, and while she can now control her absorption power (take off those pants Gambit!), that’s the only ability she has at the moment making her more vulnerable than ever.

Powers: Rogue has the ability of Power Absorption with which she can absorb the powers, memories, knowledge, energies, talents, and personalities of another person through physical skin to skin contact. There is no limit to how many powers or memories she can absorb at a time, and they remain within in her 60 times longer than the contact lasted. If she holds onto an opponent too long the absorption may be permanent or even lethal. Her victims will usually fall unconscious after contact. Previously Rogue had been unable to control her powers, forcing her to always wear gloves and preventing any physical contact with other human beings. However, that is no longer the case as Professor Xavier has broken down the barrier in Rogue’s mind that prevented her powers from fully maturing, and she can now control when to use her ability. Through a process called Template Recall Anna can access any previously absorbed power that remains within her.

First Appearance: Avengers Annual #10, 1981.

domino#47. Domino: A current member of X-Force, Neena Thurman is one helluva sexy fighter. During the ongoing Messiah War she has been caught in the middle of various fire fights where she has come off as tactical, fast, intelligent, and lacking no hang ups about busting a cap in someone for the betterment of mutant kind and her own life.Domino would rank slightly higher if not for her powers failing her recently; she missed a shot that her powers should have guaranteed her to make and they failed her again when she was hit with a bullet.

Powers: Besides enhanced agility and reflexes, Domino has what is called a Probability Field that subliminally and psionically initiates random telekinetic acts that affect probability in her favor. In short, she’s really lucky. In order for her powers to take effect, whatever the ‘luck’ is working with (or against) has to be in her line of sight and triggered by a stressful situation. Neena cannot consciously control this ability, rather, she needs to put herself in harms way in order for it to work. When her power is activated it instinctively guides her movements, ensuring that she stays out of harms way.

First Appearance: X-Force #8, 1992.

dazzler#46. Dazzler: Recently Alison Blaire divorced her husband Longshot after he lost his memory because, understandably, their relationship just wasn’t the same. Aside from being included in random background shots, Dazzler was most recently featured in X-Men Manifest Destiny. At that time she was doubting her role in life as her music career was spiraling downward and her time spent as a super hero was severely lacking. However, while on a flight to join the X-Men in San Francisco, she repelled an attack from a mutant hating man, protecting not only herself but everyone on the plane as well. While the battle was far from monumental, it was enough for Dazzler to realize that she isn’t washed up yet, and that the X-Men (and the top 20 music charts) still have a place for her.

Powers: Dazzler possesses the ability of Sound Conversion which allows her to transduce sonic vibrations that reach her body as various types of light. She can then release the absorbed sound in one burst. Dazzler can also Project Light by controlling the energy levels of the outer electron shells of her body that allows for the cascading release of photons.  The released energy is far greater than the incoming kinetic energy and if left undirected will be ejaculated (sorry, couldn’t resist) in all different directions, producing regular flashes of white light. Offensively, Alison has learned to manifest the light as a laser than can cut through virtually anything, and high powered photon blasts. On a more cosmetic scale she can use her powers to generate strobes, holograms, and bursts of color and light creating a ‘dazzle’ effect. She can also use her ability to generate a rocket-like effect, allowing Alison to gain vertical altitude by creating a column of light beneath her. In addition Dazzler can generate a light shield that destroys incoming particles, has light and sound immunity, and is currently afflicted with a resurrection factor that prevents her from being killed by conventional methods. The potential destructiveness of Alison’s powers and her resurrection factor earned her this high a ranking.

First Appearance: X-Men #130, 1980.

wolfsbane#45. Wolfsbane: To put it mildly, the strictly religious Protestant, Rahne Sinclair, has become a savage psycho beast since joining X-Force. She was recently captured by the fanatical mutant hating group, the Purifiers, and went through a brief period of being mentally controlled by them. The religious fanatics conditioned Rahne to go into a blind fury whenever she saw teammate Warren Worthington (Angel) and this led to her eventually ripping off his feather wings. Eventually they grew back and Warren changed into the Archangel, but since then Rahne has had no qualms about slitting throats and hacking bodies. If she was more skillful and had some sort of invulnerability (like a healing factor) to go along with her savagery, she’d easily rank much higher in the rankings.

Powers: Rahne has the ability of Lycanthrophy which in short means to change into a wolf or wolf-human at will. Rahne isn’t a werewolf as the limitations of that creature of the night (like a full moon or silver laced items) do not apply to her. In wolf form she retains full memory of herself, has heightened animal senses, and enhanced strength, size, speed, and reflexes. Plus she can perceive infra red, heat, pheromones, and emotions. However there are drawbacks to her wolf form which include a dulling of her intelligence and being prone to more wild behavior, which often overrides her moral consciousness. When in her animal wolf form, Wolfsbane can only communicate via barks and howls.

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 1982.

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